Interested in being a founding member of Back Country Horsemen of South Carolina
Horsemen lose miles of trails as other activities get more miles of trails in public lands. Horsemen have access to some 234,000 miles of trails in National Parks, National Forests, BLM, and State Parks.
Only with a national voice can we have the strength to make
government agencies’ leaders hear the horsemen’s voice.
Why a State BCH when work to maintain trails in South Carolina is currently ongoing? Because maintenance is not enough to save our horse trails. Trails are being closed or move. Public lands make decisions without considering horses or horsemen. Sometimes local voices are not enough.
Last year less than 10% of SC State Trails Advisory Committee grant funds for trails went to horse related trails here in South Carolina. The million plus grant dollars available went to other trail activities because that committee of about 25 members has a lone horsemen rep.
A Back Country Horsemen of South Carolina can help the trail riders in South Carolina have a stronger voice, prevent losing more trails and better coordinate resources maintaining trails. Different areas of the State with priorities to their favorite trails can be organized as affiliates.
Will you join us in being a founding member of BCH of South Carolina? If so, voice your desire to be added to the list on the Facebook page Back Country Horsemen of South Carolina.
BCHA Mission Statement
OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES
The purpose of this organization shall be:
1. To perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America's back country and Wilderness areas.
2. To work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use.
3. To assist the various government, state and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource.
4. To educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise and sustaining use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage.
5. To foster and encourage the formation of new state back country horsemen’s organizations
This is from the BCHA website info, and their handbook for forming a chapter.